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Can Dogs Have Peanut Butter? Is PB Safe and OK to Use for Training Dogs?

is peanut butter safe for dogs

As we were in the laboratory developing the recipe for our newly released dog training treats, we wanted to use wholesome ingredients that dogs can have without (a) toxic reactions, (b) too many calories and (c) too much fuss. Veterinarians often suggest peanut butter as a reward or palliative solution when he had to give dogs supplements or medications. Still, we wondered, can dogs have peanut butter? And if so, how much?

We thought we’d share with you what we learned. That way, you can feel comfortable knowing that our peanut butter flavored dog training treats are safe for dogs of all sizes. Always consult your veterinarian about dietary changes, especially if you’ve got a breed that is prone to a sensitive stomach.  

Is Peanut Butter Safe for Dogs?

Generally speaking, yes, peanuts and peanut butter are safe for dogs. A veterinarian on “Fetch” by Webmd suggests that dog treats (which is anything and everything your dog eats outside of regular meals) should comprise no more than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake. 

Make sure your peanut butter is high quality and free of additives like sugar and xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs (it can also be a gastric irritant to humans because it has a laxative effect). Your dog doesn’t need the artificial sweeteners, and he doesn’t need the calories from sugar. Look for peanut butter that is just ground-up peanuts.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats from BarxBuddy

The BarxBuddy peanut butter flavored dog treats are made from whole ingredients, many of which you can find in your grocery store

  • Chickpea flour
  • Ground peanuts
  • Potato flour
  • Coconut glycerin
  • Pea flour
  • Molasses
  • Canola oil
  • Whey
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Natural peanut flavor

We’ve also added sorbic acid and lactic acid, which help preserve the treats. 

Even though the dog treats are made from wholesome ingredients, they aren’t intended for humans. Get your own! Your dog will love the flavor, and the small sizes are good for small, medium and large dogs. 

Homemade vs Store-Bought Dog Treats

In a previous post on our blog, we shared some recipes for homemade dog training treats. You’ll see very similar ingredients to the homemade versions and our BarxBuddy recipe.

The advantage of homemade dog treats is that you have 100% control over what goes into your dog’s belly. The advantage of store-bought is store-bought takes less time. So, our treats are the best of both: You know what you’re getting, and ordering online from our shop saves you time.  

We developed the treats so you can use them with our train, treat, repeat dog training method (also known as positive reinforcement dog training).

Bottom Line: Peanut Butter is Safe for Dogs

Based on our research, peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut butter flavoring are safe ingredients for dogs. Veterinarians often suggest natural peanut butter as a treat because you can easily fill it in a puzzle toy and it will keep the dog busy for a while. It’s also packed with things that are good for dogs: plant-based protein, monounsaturated fat and vitamins B and E. Again, the key is moderation: Don’t give treats to your dog that make up more than 10% of his or her total daily diet.